The internet is flooded with hilarious animated gifs of jumping cats, running babies and hilarious fails. But there’s a whole different class of gifs out there – gifs that can educate and fascinate.
These 20 awesome gifs will do exactly that – show you how the world works.
posted by JujuB
on May 9, 2014 -
On the November 11, 1954 edition of the US educational program Omnibus
, Leonard Bernstein presented what amounted to a 30-minute master class
on one of the most familiar of all classical works, the first movement of Beethoven's 5th Symphony, to include reinserting some unused sketches. The results are, to put it mildly, interesting.
posted by pjern
on Mar 1, 2013 -
During the Golden Age of Hollywood and until 1967, mainstream movie studios were banned by the Production Code
from depicting taboo topics like drug addiction, explicit murder and venereal disease, or even showing explicit nudity. But in the 1930's and 1940's, films marketed as "educational" could and did fly under the radar, and three of the best known 'educational' propaganda exploitation films are: Sex Madness
(1935), Reefer Madness
(1936) and The Cocaine Fiends
(1938). [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Oct 15, 2012 -
In 1984, The Voyage of the Mimi
set sail on PBS, exploring the ocean off the coast of Massachusetts to study humpback whales. The educational series was made up of thirteen episodes intended to teach middle schoolers about science and math. The first fifteen minutes of each episode were a fictional adventure starring a young Ben Affleck. The second 15 minutes were an "expedition documentary" that would explore the scientific concepts behind the show's plot points. A sequel with the same format, The Second Voyage of the Mimi
aired in 1988, and featured the crew of the Mimi exploring Mayan ruins in Mexico. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Apr 9, 2012 -
Look Around You is an insanely funny BBC parody of 1970's educational programs filled with pure nonsensical lies clothed as facts & pitch perfect mimicry of the style of governmental approved childrens education television. Each of the entire first season's worth of 8 10-minute episodes can be viewed here
and is highly recommended.
posted by jonson
on Aug 30, 2006 -
Education for Death.
(YouTubefilter.) Disney-produced anti-Nazi cartoon
short from 1943. Look for Hitler's Satanic horns. More weirdness from WWII: Warner Bros Snafuperman
, starring Pvt. Snafu (originally created by Dr. Seuss!), who also deals with spies
, all while jabbering away in a voice that sounds disconcertingly like that of a certain cwazy wabbit. From Archive. org -- Pvt. Snafu learns about booby traps
, in one case literally. Bugs himself joined the Air Force, and was faced with gremlins
for his trouble. Superman himself got in on the act, battling Japoteurs
. After all, during the War we were plenty worried about those canny Japanese
posted by Astro Zombie
on Mar 23, 2006 -
Rusty's family tried to accept his kinkier interests. "Father, will you buy me that leash for my birthday?"
"But Patches already has a leash," said Father.
"I didn't want it for Patches," said Rusty.
Father chuckled uncomfortably.
posted by jonson
on Oct 28, 2005 -
"This is a war story!" (warning: direct ifilm video link)
Don't play VD roulette! Watch Disney's 1973 educational film "VD Attack Plan"
and fight those damned G & S soldiers! Lady killers? Really can kill ladies!
Features whimsical cartoons and really icky photos.
posted by miss lynnster
on Aug 18, 2005 -
Wow. Spartacus Educational
is a masterwork of hyperlinked history with a rather eclectic list of focus topics that can suck you in and never let go. Start anywhere, and then just click, and click, and click...
In light of recent events, you might begin, if you wish, with a brush-up on the 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand
in Sarajevo, and from there go on to find out more about the Black Hand
secret society responsible for the killing. You may attempt to sidestep politics by going to cartoonists
, or U.S. novelists and poets
, but you will find that the site is organized against a backdrop of world politics (viewed chiefly from a British perspective), a point of view that weaves its own endlessly looping and mesmerizing mesh.
posted by taz
on Mar 14, 2003 -
is a neat little company building personal robots.
posted by tdecius
on Sep 21, 1999 -